It’s the annual Daytona Supercross by Honda, a very special & unique event in AMA Supercross. Today at the world famous Daytona International Speedway, Ryan Villopoto wins the premiere 450 SX Main Event, with Ryan Dungey second. Davi Millsaps tenth, and Villopoto takes over points lead. Marvin Musquin wins his first ever 250 Supercross Main Event in the USA. Wil Hahn second in the 250 East series race, and maintains 250 East points lead.
It’s difficult to fully experience all that Daytona has to offer in one day. It’s amazing – so big, and so many things to do & see. Plus, DIS keeps making investments and improvements in the facility, and the fan experience each year.
Another part that makes Daytona unique – the track. It’s long, it’s sandy, it’s rough – and it gets rougher as the day & night go on.
The weather today – perfect – 70 degrees and sunny. Ken Roczen will be racing the 350 KTM today in the 450 SX class.
Kenny Roczen’s 350 KTM is Ready to Race
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In the 250 East Qualifying sessions, it’s Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson on top with the quickest lap – 1 minute 18 seconds. This track has by far the longest lap times of the entire series all year. Second in qualifying – Wil Hahn – 1.19.4, Marvin Musquin next at 1.19.82. Then it’s Jeremy Martin (number 77 Yamaha), Blake Wharton, Zach Bell, Justin Hill, James Decotis, Gavin Faith, and Kyle Peters (1 minute 21 seconds) round out the top ten. 59 riders attempted to qualify.
In the premiere 450 SX class, it’s Ryan Villopoto with the quickest lap of the day – 1 minute 17 seconds. James Stewart is second – 1.18.12, then Chad Reed – 1.18.19, Davi Millsaps 1.18.61, Justin Barcia – 1.18.65, then Broc Tickle, Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, and Andrew Short (1 minute 20 seconds) round out the top ten. Ken Roczen was 12th in qualifying. 48 riders attempted to make it to the main event.
250 East Heat 1 – it’s Kyle Peters with the early lead – but series points leader Wil Hahn moves into first. This race will go six laps, and Wil Hahn is leading easily as they settle. Wil’s GEICO Honda team-mate Zach Bell has moved into second now. At the finish, it’s easily Wil Hahn with the win. Zach Bell second, James Decotis third. Kyle Peters and Jeremy Martin finish fourth and fifth.
250 East Heat 2 – the early leader is Vince Friese on his Honda. But by the end of the first lap, it’s Dean Wilson with the lead! And then two-time FIM World MX2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin moves into second.
Dean Wilson has a nice lead as this race progresses. Marvin Musquin in second. Third is now Blake Wharton, and then Justin Hill and Vince Friese.
That’s how they finish – with Dean Wilson taking the win – then Musquin, Wharton, Hill, and Friese.
450 SX Heat 1 – with lap times much longer than a normal supercross, and the track much rougher than a normal supercross, conditioning becomes important at Daytona. The start of this heat has Broc Tickle as the early leader. And then Andrew Short blows right by and into the lead! Kenny Roczen moves into second!
At the end of the first lap, it’s Andrew Short leading, Ken Roczen is second, Broc Tickle is third. Then James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, and Davi Millsaps.
These 450 heat races go eight laps. As they start the third lap, the top five are very close – Short leading, Roczen second, James Stewart in third, Tickle fourth, and Dungey fifth. Millsaps in seventh.
On lap four, on a tight left hand corner, Kenny Roczen goes inside of Short and into the lead.
Although Roczen is starting to pull just a small lead now just past the halfway point, the top four are still very close – Roczen first, Stewart now second, Dungey third, Broc Tickle in fourth. Millsaps is next, and then Short.
As the race nears the end, the top four are bunching up again – Roczen still leading, but Stewart right behind. Then Dungey, and then … Millsaps!
On the last lap – James Stewart makes an attack on Roczen – he pulls up even, and then takes the lead! James Stewart wins the race! Ken Roczen second, Ryan Dungey third, and Davi Millsaps fourth out of the 20 riders that started this race.
450 SX Heat 2 – this race has Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, and Ryan Villopoto – all guys that have won Main Events.
It’s Justin Barcia with the holeshot! Trey Canard is second. There is a crash in the first corner – looks like Reed and Alessi are involved, amongst others …
At the end of lap one – it’s Justin Barcia leading, Trey Canard is second, and Ryan Villopoto is third. Alessi 11th, Reed 14th.
The track is getting rougher, and more rutted as more laps are put down on the track. At the halfway point (4 laps), it’s Justin Barcia in first, Ryan Villopoto now second, Trey Canard third. Then Eli Tomac and Matt Goerke. Alessi is ninth, and Reed is tenth. Only the top nine riders go directly into the Main Event …
Alessi is on the track, stopped – and trying to restart his bike. The running order right now – Barcia leading Villopoto by over four seconds. Third place is Trey Canard, although Eli Tomac is right behind him. Chad Reed is now into seventh.
Justin Barcia wins this race! Ryan Villopoto second. Trey Canard third. Then Eli Tomac, and … Chad Reed fifth!
The track is getting rougher. The sandy soil makes for changes to racing lines just about every lap. In the 450 LCQ, Mike Alessi wins, and in a great battle with Rob Kiniry, Weston Peick finishes second. Alessi and Peick will be the final two transfers into the 450 SX Main Event.
15 lap 250 East Main Event – at 9:45pm Florida time, this race starts. It’s number 25 on the Red Bull KTM – Marvin Musquin with the lead!
At the end of the second lap – it’s Musquin leading, Dean Wilson into second, Wil Hahn third. Wilson has Musquin in his sights …
5 laps into this race, Marvin Musquin is leading. Dean Wilson is second. Wil Hahn is third. In practice earlier today, it looked like Musquin was trying many different lines because he knows how much a sand track changes during a race. Fourth Jeremy Martin, and fifth Blake Wharton.
At the ten lap mark – Marvin Musquin is leading – he’s heading towards his first ever AMA Supercross Main Event win in the 250 class! Wil Hahn has moved into second, Dean Wilson third. Then Jeremy Martin with a nice ride into fourth, and Blake Wharton fifth.
Marvin Musquin has won! Marvin wins his first ever supercross in the USA! Second place goes to Wil Hahn, who maintains his 250 East series points lead. Jeremy Martin with a nice ride in third. Dean Wilson finishes fourth. (Full results below.)
Marvin Musquin – 250 winner at Daytona 2013
Marvin said right after his first win “I’ve been dreaming about this. My first win in supercross ever (in the USA). I had a great day, it was so much fun, … it cannot of been any better. I love the sand. I did it, let’s move on to the next race, and see how the championship goes … Red Bull gives me wings! : ) “
20 lap 450 SX Main Event – 10:25pm. The 450 class blasts off the line. The leader is … Ryan Villopoto, and he’s chased by Kenny Roczen. Villopoto bobbles by sliding out on a corner – and Ken Roczen takes over the lead!
At the end of lap two – it’s Roczen, Villopoto in second, Barcia third, then Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Matt Goerke, …. and Davi Millsaps makes a mistake – he’s back in 12th.
Lap four – Villopoto moves past Roczen. Then Barcia moves past Roczen as well. Stewart falls in a tight left hand corner. A lot of action is going on all over the place …
Just five laps in – it’s Ryan Villopoto with the lead, Justin Barcia is just over one second back of RV. Third is Ryan Dungey and he’s followed by Kenny Roczen. Fifth is Trey Canard, then Chad Reed, Eli Tomac, Matt Goerke, James Stewart, Broc Tickle in tenth, Andrew Short, and then Davi Millsaps 12th. Millsaps could possibly lose the points lead to Villopoto if things stay the same …
10 laps in now – Ryan Villopoto is leading Ryan Dungey by almost nine seconds. Third is Barcia. Then Roczen, Canard, Tomac, Stewart, Reed, Tickle, Millsaps tenth.
On the start of lap 15, some changes – but not up front. It’s Ryan Villopoto with a commanding lead, and the potential to take over the series points lead as well. Second is Ryan Dungey. Third Justin Barcia. Then, Eli Tomac to fourth, Kenny Roczen in fifth, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, and James Stewart. Roczen, Canard and Reed are very close. Millsaps is still tenth …
Last lap – the top three are the same – Villopoto, Dungey, Barcia. Davi Millsaps is tenth.
The checkered flag falls … and Ryan Villopoto has won this race! And taken over the 2013 series points lead! Second goes to Ryan Dungey, third to Justin Barcia (full results below).
RV in practice earlier
Ryan Villopoto said after his win “Daytona is a unique place. You have to be a man to do 20 laps here. Got a great holeshot, which made it easy, although I slid out in a corner and made it back up. It feels good to have the red plate (as series points leader) back. It feels good to leave here with a two point lead. But there is still a lot of racing left. We need to keep this ball rolling.”
250 East Main Event Results:
- Marvin Musquin – KTM
- Wil Hahn – HON
- Jeremy Martin – YAM
- Dean Wilson – KAW
- Blake Wharton – SUZ
- Justin Hill – KAW
- Kyle Peters – HON
- Zackery Freeberg – HON
- Cole Thompson – HON
- Vince Friese – HON
- Mitchell Oldenburg – HON
- James Decotis – HON
- Peter Larsen – YAM
- A J Catanzaro – KAW
- Lance Vincent – KTM
- Brady Kiesel – YAM
- Daniel Herriein – HON
- Zach Bell – HON
- Gavin Faith – HON
- Shawn Rife – HON
250 East Point standings:
- Wil Hahn – 92
- Dean Wilson – 87
- Marvin Musquin – 78
- Blake Wharton – 76
- Jeremy Martin – 52
- Justin Hill – 51
- Vince Friese – 50
- Kyle Peters – 45
- James Decotis – 43
- Gavin Faith – 40
- Cole Thompson – 37
- Mitchell Oldenburg – 35
- Zach Bell – 29
- Lance Vincent – 28
- Zackery Freeberg – 22
- Peter Larsen – 19
- A J Catanzaro – 18
- G Swanepoel – 13
- Jackson Richardson – 11
- Levi Kilbarger – 11
450 Main Event Results:
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW
- Ryan Dungey – KTM
- Justin Barcia – HON
- Eli Tomac – HON
- Chad Reed – HON
- Trey Canard – HON
- Ken Roczen – KTM
- James Stewart – SUZ
- Broc Tickle – SUZ
- Davi Millsaps – SUZ
- Matt Goerke – KTM
- Andrew Short – KTM
- Jake Weimer – KAW
- Les Smith – KTM
- Josh Hill – SUZ
- Mike Alessi – SUZ
- B Lamay – YAM
- Weston Peick – SUZ
- Phil Nicoletti – YAM
- Justin Brayton – YAM
450 Point standings:
- Ryan Villopoto – 202
- Davi Millsaps – 200
- Ryan Dungey – 188
- Trey Canard – 163
- Chad Reed – 163
- Justin Barcia – 152
- James Stewart – 135
- Andrew Short – 122
- Justin Brayton – 104
- Broc Tickle – 99
- Matt Goerke – 95
- Mike Alessi – 79
- Jake Weimer – 78
- Weston Peick – 45
- Eli Tomac – 40
- Josh Grant – 40
- Jimmy Albertson – 38
- Kyle Chisholm – 38
- Matt Lemoine – 34
- Vince Friese – 30
- Rob Kiniry – 28
Marvin Musquin goes one-handed over a Daytona jump
22 is Chad Reed
YouTube videos from earlier, as Honda riders talk about Daytona:
The World Famous Daytona International Speedway Main Grandstand
L – R: Ryan Villopoto, Justin Barcia, Ryan Dungey